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2011 DUI Law Ruled Constitutional

October 8, 2013 Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming, Teton County No Comments
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A law passed in 2011 that would allow judges to grant requests from police over the telephone for warrants to force motorists to submit to DUI testing was ruled constitutional by the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling came after it was challenged by two Teton County motorists whose attorneys argued that evidence of their clients’ blood-alcohol levels should be suppressed. The lawyers maintained that warrants approved over the telephone failed to meet constitutional requirements. Representative Keith Gingery who authored the new law explains that the law was passed in order to combat drunk driving, and since that time has proven to be a very effective tool. Gingery says the objective is to decrease the number of drunk drivers in Wyoming; and this is one of the tools since 2011 that has been successful.  Gingery says, “This is one of the things we can point to as a very positive aspect of DUI enforcement in Wyoming.”  Before the law went into effect, he said many of the drivers after their first arrest learned to routinely refuse to consent to tests knowing it was difficult to get a judge to sign off on warrants in person.  He says the new law will help get repeat offenders off Wyoming’s roads.

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